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December 11th 2018 0

Knowing What Knowing Is

Do you know what knowledge is? Before you reply, ponder for a moment the Gettier problem. It’s a puzzle. It’s a challenge. It was a moment; now it’s a tradition. It’s a centrepiece of contemporary philosophy – a conundrum abo…

December 6th 2018 0

Looking at AIDS History

In the ‘International Atlas of AIDS’, the last AIDS atlas to be written and published in 2008, the editors decided to include a chapter on the ‘social repercussions’ of AIDS. Photographs of ACT UP, educational posters, visual art a…

December 6th 2018 0

The Violence of Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of Violence

Recent shocking events in the USA – the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the letter-bombs directed at prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump – have once again raised questions around violent rhetoric and its effects in the real wo…

December 5th 2018 0

The Naturalistic Fallacy

In October 2018 ITV’s ‘Good Morning Britain’ ran a debate entitled ‘Do People Hate Vegans?’. In November the vegan activist group Direct Action Everywhere staged a protest at a Brighton steakhouse, playing recordings of cows …

December 5th 2018 0

Principles of Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics is a theory which establishes the relationship between the physical quantities that characterise the macroscopic properties of a system. In our book, Principles of Thermodynamics, thermodynamics is presented as a physical theory which is ba…

December 4th 2018 0

What do you understand?

Einstein once remarked, “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” Expressions like these are increasingly common. Saturated with social media and soundbites, many lament modern life’s flood of information and its dearth of underst…

December 4th 2018 0

More than a Commentator

Can you really be famous for explaining someone else’s ideas? Speaking as a historian of philosophy I can tell you the answer is: not really. But one man who just about managed it was Ibn Rushd, often known by the Latinized version of his name, Aver…

December 3rd 2018 0

The Need has Never Been Greater!: The Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Community Engagement and Outreach

When browsing through the pages of the handbook or stumbling across an abstract on the book online, one might wonder why we decided to write and organize this volume at this time. The answer is pretty simple. It is needed! In fact, we would go so far as t…

December 3rd 2018 0

Immigration Matters

Immigration is, needless to say, a very hot topic in today’s charged political climate. Still, little attention has been paid in the popular press to immigration of highly educated technological professionals. One quick fact is that around two-third…

November 29th 2018 0

Are dark energy and dark matter really dark?

Currently we are witnessing an age of rapid and deep change in our understanding of the nature of the gravitational force, at a rate that is quickly increasing due to the recent important observational discoveries. Presently,  we can see the emergenc…

Cambridge Extra at the Linguist List


An online resource for linguists worldwide.

November 29th 2018 0

English in the Movies by David Crystal

I hear pop songs in English in every country I visit. Just back from a lecture tour around Italy, and I heard them in taxis, in hotels playing background music, and in cars passing in the street with the radio on loud – in every city. Often, the lis…

October 19th 2018 0

Leading phonetician, Klaus J. Kohler, invites you to discuss Communicative Functions and Linguistic Forms in Speech Interaction

Dear Reader of this Blog, Cambridge University Press has published the linguistic monograph Kohler, K. J. (2017). Communicative Functions and Linguistic Forms in Speech Interaction (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 156). Cambridge: Cambridge University Pr…

October 16th 2018 0

Figures of Speech Competition Winners

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Figures of Speech linguistics cartoon competition. Congratulations to Jonas B. Wittke (a graduate student at Rice University, USA) and Jonathan Maki (an art teacher in Minneapolis) for winning the iPad Pro, A…

July 19th 2018 0

What are the linguistic consequences of Brexit?

Blog post written by Gordana Lalic-Krstin and Nadezda Silaski, authors of the article ‘From Brexit to Bregret: An account of some Brexit-induced neologisms in English’ recently published in English Today. What are the linguistic consequen…

June 21st 2018 0

The grammar of engagement

This blog post is written by Nicholas Evans, inspired by the Language and Cognition article “The grammar of engagement I: framework and initial exemplification” by Nicholas Evans, Henrik Bergqvist, and Lila San Roque. Read it online …

June 15th 2018 0

Linguistics Competition: Figures of Speech

Win an iPad Pro, Apple Pen, £100 of Cambridge University Press books and the chance to have your work seen by thousands! We are inviting academics, researchers, students and enthusiasts, from around the world, to share their passion for the sub…

March 30th 2018 0

Q & A: Registered Reports from Journal of Child Language

Beginning in summer 2018, Journal of Child Language will publish a new article format: Registered Reports. We asked two of the journal’s associate editors, Melanie Soderstrom and Elizabeth Wonnacott, a few questions about the introduction of this fo…

March 28th 2018 0

Q & A with new English Today Editor Andrew Moody

Welcome on board as Editor of English Today. What was it about the journal that attracted you to the post? Thank you for the warm welcome from CUP, and to the support and assistance I have been given in the month leading up to the formal installation…

March 23rd 2018 0

Where is Applied Linguistics headed? Cambridge Journal editors weigh in

In advance of the upcoming AAAL Annual Meeting in Chicago, we asked editors of Cambridge applied linguistics journals for their thoughts on the state of the field. Where is applied linguistics headed? Are there new approaches, methods or priorities that y…

March 13th 2018 0

‘World Englishes or English as a Lingua Franca: Where does English in China stand?

Blog post based on an article in English Today  The spread and development of the English language has triggered debates about issues related to language ideology, identity, and ELT. China is an important context where the popularity of English use a…

Cambridge Medicine


Keeping a finger on the pulse.

December 3rd 2018 0

Now Available in the Mobile Apps: Revision History

Track changes and edits from whatever device you're using.

November 28th 2018 26

Announcing Free .blog Subdomains

A great site deserves a great address on the web. Now you can use a free .blog subdomain on

November 26th 2018 6

WordPress Support Workshops for Women in the Asia-Pacific Region

We're offering free workshops to encourage women in the Asia-Pacific Region to apply for a career in WordPress Support.

November 20th 2018 22

Setting Up Your Site on a Mobile Device Just Got a Lot Easier

Need help with your new site? Quick Start on iOS and Android can help.

November 14th 2018 30

A New Way to Manage Your Pages on the WordPress Mobile Apps

An update to WordPress for iOS and Android.

November 6th 2018 17

Today is Election Day in the United States. Please Vote!

When you’re done casting a ballot, blog about it!

October 30th 2018 43

Introducing Activity

A complete record of everything that happens on your site.

September 28th 2018 41

New Theme: Photos

We designed our brand-new theme with photographers and photobloggers in mind.

September 25th 2018 15

National Voter Registration Day 2018

This election season, we're thrilled to partner with several nonpartisan voting initiatives.

September 12th 2018 35

Try Simplenote, Our Fast and Easy-to-Use Notes App

A great note-taking app can help with all kinds of daily routines like taking class notes, writing a shopping list, or jotting down ideas for your next great blog post. At Automattic, we love using Simplenote, which is an easy way to create notes, li…

Cambridge Library Collection


Books of enduring scholarly value.

March 20th 2015 0


Alas, and thrice woe (from my point of view anyway), this is my last ever blog for the Cambridge Library Collection. I now slip away into the sunset, leaving others to ramble on (or, even better, write snappily and coherently) … Continue reading &r…

March 16th 2015 1

Spring and Port Wine

 … is the name of a play and then a film about Bolton, in northern England. However, I’m borrowing the title because I’ve just spent a few spring days in (O)Porto, where the wine comes from. My Portuguese vocabulary has … Co…

March 10th 2015 2

The Wit and Wisdom of the Rev. Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith is described in his ODNB entry as ‘author and wit’, which somewhat overlooks the day job as a clergyman. In the two-volume ‘life and letters’ published in 1855 by his daughter Saba (a name he invented himself), she &he…

March 5th 2015 0

A Child’s History of England

The paths of the Cambridge Library Collection and Charles Dickens have crossed several times – remarkable, given that Dickens is (of course) one of Britain’s greatest novelists, and we don’t publish much fiction. But of the short experim…

March 3rd 2015 5

The Huguenots

I have mentioned before the industrious Samuel Smiles, Victorian believer in hard work and self-education (otherwise known as pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps) as the way to social improvement and financial prosperity. His 1867 work on the Hug…

February 27th 2015 3

The Diary of John Evelyn

One of my vital tools as a scribbler of blogs on books is a little pack of those things – I don’t even know what they are called – which you can stick on to a page to mark a … Continue reading →

February 23rd 2015 3

Illustrations of Roman London

Charles Roach Smith was born on the Isle of Wight in 1806, and reared by his mother and older sisters after his father’s death when he was six years old. He was educated in Hampshire, and then brought back to … Continue reading →

February 18th 2015 1


It’s really too early in the year for a blog on this topic: galanthophilia is in full swing around the country. But we have just received the first copy of Sweet’s Hortus Britannicus, Or, a Catalogue of Plants, Indigenous, or … Continue…

February 16th 2015 0

The Roll Call

…or, to give it its full title, Calling the Roll after an Engagement, Crimea, a large military history painting exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1874, was so popular as an exhibit that a policeman, ‘poor, hot man’, had to … Cont…

February 12th 2015 0

Winter Journey

Last Saturday, in ‘CD Review’ on BBC Radio 3, they discussed and played extracts from various new recordings of Schubert song cycles, of which the least satisfactory (in my view) was a Winterreise by a counter-tenor. Not the strangeness of &he…

Journals Blog


Advancing learning, knowledge and research.

December 12th 2018 0

Forthcoming Special Issue of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist on Cultural adaptations of CBT

I would like to thank Richard Thwaites and Cambridge University Press for inviting me to write this blog about the imminent Special Issue of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (tCBT) on Cultural Adaptations.…

December 12th 2018 0

Business and Politics: A novel approach to studying international business alliance

We presented a novel approach to studying international business alliances by initiating a new conversation in an interdisciplinary context: political science, international relations and management.…

December 12th 2018 0

Dinosaurs, Propellers and Hiding Objects

A robot that swims like a dinosaur, simulations of industrial mixing, and how to hide an object by controlling its wake – take a sneak peek at the latest in fluid dynamics research.…

December 12th 2018 0

Underwater Snakes, Gusty Flying, and Microswimmers

Learn how snakes catch prey underwater, what birds do when flying through gusts, and how sperm swim. This video is part of a collaboration between FYFD and the Journal of Fluid Mechanics featuring a series of interviews with researchers from the #APSDFD …

December 11th 2018 0

On Pediatric Vaccines and Catholic Social Teaching

Get free access to Conor M. Kelly’s piece, ‘On Pediatric Vaccines and Catholic Social Teaching‘, in Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society until January 31, 2019.…

December 11th 2018 0

A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology

A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology: Prophesy Freedom. By Teresa Delgado. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. xv + 204 pages. $99.00.…

December 7th 2018 0

The Swiss Responsible Business Initiative and its Counter-Proposal: Texts and Current Developments

On 9 December 2016, the Swiss government presented the Swiss National Action Plan on the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.…

December 6th 2018 0

Intensifying natural forest for coffee production affects mammals in Ethiopia

Researchers of the Biodiversity Inventory for Conservation (BINCO) found that intensification of natural forest for coffee production alters large mammal communities.…

December 5th 2018 0

The extinction of the Mexican endemic Catarina Pupfish Megupsilon aporus and the sixth mass extinction

Species extinction is one of the most severe, and a truly irreversible, environmental problems facing our planet. Thousands of species have gone extinct in the last 100 years, and many more are at risk.…

December 5th 2018 0

Patient-carer relationships disrupted by hospital reorganisation

Research from King’s College London, published in The British Journal of Psychiatry suggests that reorganisation of mental health services can have a negative effect on the health of people with severe mental illness, due to the disruption of relati…

December 5th 2018 0

New from Legal Information Management

Have you read the autumn issue of Legal Information Management? It features an opening article by Dvora Liberman relating to the critical role of the court clerk in Crown Courts.…

December 4th 2018 0

Riparian forest protection is crucial to the long-term viability of the endangered proboscis monkey

Nearly half of all primate species are threatened with extinction, with habitat destruction being the biggest threat to their survival. Studies on the impact of habitat changes on primate populations are limited and often based on inferences because prima…

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